The commander of the Offutt-based 55th Wing called the addition of three new Constant Phoenix nuke-sniffer planes "a game-changer."
At least five of Offutt's C-135 jets have been spotted over Europe. One, known as a "nuke-sniffer," was sidelined after a hydraulic emergency Tuesday.
Two aircraft from Offutt Air Force Base’s 55th Wing are part of a growing wave of reconnaissance aircraft flying just beyond the Russian frontier, watching and listening for signs of war.
The Offutt-based jet was returning to RAF Mildenhall in England from a flight around Russia’s Kaliningrad enclave when it dipped to the left and scraped its two left-wing mounted engines on a runway.
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. — The 55th Wing officially retired its final OC-135 Open Skies aircraft, tail number 670, during a ceremony at the…
The 60-year-old plane flew a historic mission during the 2014 Crimean crisis but was permanently grounded March 2 after suffering a "blessed cornucopia" of maintenance problems.
The RC-135 flights near Kamchatka are "classic Cold War reconnaissance" and likely tied to a build-up of Russian troops along the Ukrainian border, says a 55th Wing veteran.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper last week told the Senate Armed Services Committee he won't replace Offutt Air Force Base's Open Skies reconnaissance planes until the fate of the treaty is decided. Rep. Don Bacon says the planes are in poor condition and put Offutt crews at risk.
Members of the 55th Wing Association rightly wanted to honor this service.
A policy directive signed Tuesday by President Donald Trump could lead to the creation of a new military Space Force, placing some of the troops that now report to the Offutt-based U.S. Strategic Command into a new branch of the armed forces.
Through quick thinking and communication, the Offutt-based crew of an RC-135 Rivet Joint reconnaissance jet prevented the failure of a series …
Python 73’s crew contacted other aircraft crews and found they were able to fly. They informed the operations center, and then quickly arranged for aerial refueling from the only tanker in the area so the attack could go ahead. The crew managed that while limiting communication so enemy forces wouldn’t be alerted, and with minimal lighting.
Almost 50 years after the fateful flight, John Achor can still feel the four-engine jet slipping and sliding down the slushy runway that Alask…
A deep dive into Air Force documents shows a long string of close calls at the 55th Wing due to mechanical failures.